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Crock Pot Rice is a time saver. You set it and forget it for an easy side dish. Make a large batch and store in the freezer for a staple side for any meal.

White Rice in a bowl topped with fresh parsley
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Crock pot rice is a family favorite and one of my favorite ways to save money. It is a great way to enjoy an easy but delicious gluten free side dish. I can cook an entire pound or two of rice in 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours without ever having to look at the pan.

Sure, cooking rice on the stove is easy, but you have to keep watching it, stirring it, and making sure you don’t burn the bottom of the rice. Make sure you check out all my Crock Pot recipes here.

If you love rice, as much as my family, make sure to check out these other easy rice recipes, Easy Spanish Rice Recipe, Stick of Butter Rice, Dirty Rice Recipe, and easy Fried Rice Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

Cooking rice in the slow cooker is similar to cooking it in a rice cooker. Following these easy steps with minimal effort allows you to cook the best rice with amazing texture.

You can easily add in spices or fresh herbs such as thyme to change the flavor. Make this budget friendly side with any meal.


A bowl of uncooked rice, salt and water

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Seasoning Variations

You can season it however you want, but I wanted to give you a few ideas to make your slow cooker rice even tastier.

  • Chicken broth will instantly give you more flavor in your rice.
  • Stir in Garlic Salt – Garlic will jazz up any plain rice.
  • Add Butter – Throw in 2-3 tablespoons of butter when cooking the rice for a buttery flavor.
  • Stir in Parmesan Cheese – When the rice is finished, add in salt and parmesan cheese. Grated parmesan cheese will melt more smoothly and will make an amazing flavor.
  • Mix in Salsa and ground cumin for a Spanish rice.
  • Sprinkle in some soy sauce when the rice is finished.
  • Stir in shredded cheddar cheese and milk when the rice is cooked for cheesy rice.
  • More Ideas – See How to Season White Rice for more ideas.

How to Cook Rice in a Crock Pot

  • Step 1 – Rinse the rice with cold water to remove excess starch. Then add the rice in the slow cooker. Pour salt and water over the rice in your crockpot.
Rice in the crock pot topped with salt
  • Step 2 – You can do 2-4 cups of rice. 4 cups of rice is an entire 1 lb package so that is what I always do.
Pouring the water into the slow cooker on top of the white rice
  • Step 3 – Cook on high heat for 1 ½ to 2½ hours for white rice.
Cooked white rice in the slow cooker with a serving on a silver spoon
  • Step 4 – Fluff with a fork and serve or freeze.

Recipe Tips

  • Adding Water – You will want to make sure you have double the water than you do rice. So if you are cooking 2 cups of rice, use 4 cups of water. If you cook 4 cups of rice, you will need 8 cups of water (at least). I always add in a bit more.
  • Mushy Rice – Make sure to add the right amount of water. It is best to make sure to wash the rice before placing in the slow cooker.
  • Hard Rice – If your rice turns out hard, it could be that not enough water was added to the slow cooker. It also could meat that your slow cooker is set to high or it has not cooked long enough. You can add a little more water and continue cooking to soften the rice.
White rice in the slow cooker with a serving on a spoon

Serving Suggestions

Long grain rice makes the perfect side dish for any occasion. It is budge friendly and easy to make with these simple steps. We love to serve with Grilling Recipes and Stove Top Recipes.

These are some of our favorite Main Dish Recipes to Serve with Slow Cooker Rice.

White rice in a bowl topped with fresh parsley

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you Cook Rice in a Crock Pot?

Yes, and it is my favorite way to cook rice. This is the easiest way to make rice and I guarantee it will turn out fluffy every time.

How to Store Leftover Cooked Rice

Store the fluffy white rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftover rice will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. Reheat leftovers in the microwave.

Can I Freeze Cooked Rice?

Then what I do, is divide that crock pot rice into equal containers to freeze. It is the best idea and a must try if you want to save time and money.
It is really so easy to freeze rice. I then can pop my frozen rice in to the microwave for my own cheaper (or free) minute rice. Make sure you read my post on how to freeze rice.

What Rice Can you Cook in the Slow Cooker

Slow cooker rice is easy to make with any long-grain of rice. Brown Rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice or white rice all very easy to make in the slow cooker.

How to Cook Brown Rice in a Crock Pot

The type of rice does not change much to the recipe. You will still do the same amount of rice per liquid ratio, but the cooking time will increase.
Brown rice takes about 3 hours to cook on high.

More Easy Crock Pot Side Dishes

We love this recipe. If you try making this crock pot rice recipe, please leave us a comment or a star review.

Crock Pot Rice

5 from 51 votes
This easy Crock pot Rice recipe is perfect to cook rice in huge batches. Then you can freeze it for later which saves you even more money.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 259


  • 4 cups Rice
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
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  • Place the rice on the bottom of the crockpot and season with the salt.
  • Pour water over the rice. (You want double the water as rice, so if you have 2 cups of rice, you will need 4 cups of water).
  • Cook on high for 1 ½ to 2½ hours for white rice.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve or freeze.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 259kcal, Carbohydrates 49g, Protein 4g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 44mg, Potassium 71mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 117IU, Calcium 22mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Tammie says:

    I’m going to try it!
    My rice cooker just doesn’t cook it right anymore and it’s always sticky, even with rinsing and using oil and salt. I’m batching for Sweet & Sour Chicken for dinner tonight and then Veggie Fried Rice over the weekend so I’m cooking it in 2/3 Soy Ginger Ramen broth and the rest water. I really hopes that it turns out and not too gummy from any sugars in the broth or extra ginger paste.
    Special thanks to all the people who either left a comment and to those, including Carrie, who answered. It’s really nice to know how some people made adjustments based on experience or taste.

  2. Carrie says:

    I would do 5 cups of rice with 10 cups of water – This amount should fit fine in a 6 or 8 quart crock pot.

  3. Alice says:

    Hi. I need to make enough basmati rice for 20 people. How many uncooked cups of rice would I need and what is the maximum amount of cups you could do in one crock pot? Thanks.

  4. Carrie says:

    If the rice is gummy, that usually means it’s not quite down yet and I would cook for a little longer.

  5. Destiny Boggess says:

    5 stars
    So glad i seen how to do rice in the slow cooker, such a game changer. I make enough to have for meals for the month.

  6. Laura says:

    Just cooked in two 6 qt crockpots your rice recipe for 2 hrs, but cane out gummy, clumping…..even rinsed rice before putting in pots to remove starchiness, but maybe didn’t rinse enough?

  7. Robin says:

    5 stars
    This is super easy and simple. The rice has a great texture!

  8. Alice says:

    5 stars
    So easy and such a time saver!

  9. Chris Hutson says:

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious!!

  10. Melissa Prigel says:

    5 stars
    I do this all the time now! Saves lots of time!

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